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Old 06-20-2012, 06:51 AM   #1
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Social Security Process- What is NORMAL?

hi, guys! I hope everyone is having a nice week so far...
I applied for Social Security (not supplemental SSI, but regular paid-in S.S. due to disability/inability to work) back on May 7th and so far all has gone smoothly- but yesterday I received a letter asking me to attend a paid for adult mental health status exam. My disability affects my psychological health but it is a physical disability, not emotional/mental. Can anyone tell me how normal it is to receive an appointment request of this type? I have about 10 different doctors so I cannot imagine it was that difficult for them to retrieve information re:my case...it should be incredibly clear-cut, as my disability and effects it has on my life is very obvious...any input? I have heard the disability app process is a complete hassle but I still cannot really tell what is normal/what else I can do to help expedite the process. Thanks in advance for your help; lots of happy thoughts & gratitude headed your way

 
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Re: Social Security Process- What is NORMAL?

In my 1st case i had to see one of ssa's psychiatrist. you would think that they would be able to just get your information but they want you to see there doc like they are more crediable or something but i went none the less and it was basically a test. they ask you questions. 1 in particular sticks out he made me count backwards by 3's from 100. i dont know i lost that case and am on my 2nd one waiting for a decision i didn't have to go a second time!! so thats good!! Now i am just waiting (whistling noises)!!!!

 
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Re: Social Security Process- What is NORMAL?

Hi Sophia,

My disability is physical too (in my back) and I was also sent to an appointment with a psychiatrist. I even asked the psychiatrist why I was there and he told me that it was just part of the process.

It lasted about 40 minutes, and the psychiatrist was very nice. He asked the usual questions: who is president, what city are we in, did I hear voices and was my childhood happy.

I was very surprised and happy that he spent half the time asking about my daily living and how difficult it is for me to do simple daily tasks. I was not expecting him to ask about that, and it made me feel like he understood how difficult life is for me.

Go to the appointment - it probably won't be that bad and it will help your case.

 
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Re: Social Security Process- What is NORMAL?

Rarely does Social Security see things as clear-cut as the person applying. What they are requesting is normal procedure. There are very very few times it is not requested also do not be surprised if they want you to go to one of their specialists. My daughter who has MS with seizures and tremors on a daily basis now that leave her drained and completely exhausted has had to go for a pysch exam and a neurologist that they picked. With almost 8 years of medical records showing a steady decline she was denied at her first hearing. This is someone who the seizures often make her for several hours after each one seem like someone who has suffered a major stroke. She may not be able to walk, talk, swallow ect.

 
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